Tea tree oil comes from Melaleuca altarnifolia, a small tree native to the Queensland and New souch Wales, Australia .
It has also been used as herbal medicines by Aborigines for centuries. These native Australians, crush native tea tree to extract oil, which is then inhaled to treat cough and cold or applied directly to the skin for healing.
It contain a number of compounds that are known to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses, it also has a valued natural remedy for treating bacterial and fungal skin conditions, preventing infection and promoting healing. Although it does not contain any scientific proven benefits which is why its known as an traditional essential oil.
Concentrating more on the the beauty, hair and skin benefits. One very important use of tea tree oil is treating of DANDRUFF; It cleanse the hair and help in fair breakage. WARNING: Don't ever familiarize the packaging of face syrup for the skin with the tea tree oil, it contains some strong substance which can cause some irritation or reaction especially for those with sensitive skin. So the best way to apply the oil on the hair is to dilute some few drops (like 2-3) into into the product; shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, hair cream, hair oil etc. i.e don't ever apply the oil without diluting saying from experience unless you want smelling like a chemical for days straight, no joke.
Dropping a tip for natural hair here; you can add some little drops of tea tree oil into your hair mask or rice water as pre poo, leave over night and wash out the following morning, your hair flakes will be gone leaving your scalp all shinning(*wink).
For simple precautions, test little drops on your skin for 24hrs and watch for any reaction.
TTO can be used to treat skin problem such as itchy skin,oily skin,dry skin, acne etc. It contain some anti-inflammatory properties, zinc oxide and clobetasone butyrate cream which help in resolving some of this skin issues. For usage dilute into toner, mosturizer, coconut oil, almond oil,olive oil, sun screen.
The oil contains anti-fungal and antiseptic properties which are effective for nail fungus. Nail fungus can be difficult to combat as its challenging to treat, consistency is key.
Also, used to cure athletes foot
you can do a foot soak a few times weekly, add few drops of tea tree oil to any already made mixture of treatment, use then and stir in water, soak your feet for 20 minutes. Keep your nails neat and trimmed during the healing process.
Aside from the above identified use of the essential oil there are other various importance to it;
*Act as antiseptic for mild injuries and boost wound healing
*Help in nail fungus
*Soothe skin inflammation
*Treat athletes foot
*Reduce hair fall
Tea tree oil comes in varies its important to buy one that is 100% natural with no additives,buy organic tree oil if possible.
Store away from direct sunlight, moisture or extreme room temperature, preferably at room temperature.